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INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL
ICC Releases Water-Specific Version of the International Green Construction Code
ICC has been actively developing the new International Green Construction Code (IGCC), the first comprehensive model green code. But recognizing that some jurisdictions may be interested in focusing solely on water efficiency in the short term, it has also created a version of the document dedicated specifically to sustainable water topics. This new document, entitled International Green Construction Code– Water Efficiency Provisions, collects provisions related to the efficient use of water and water conservation from the IGCC into a smaller, topic-specific document. It is designed to provide real water savings without giving up safety, flexibility, and ease of use.


The purpose of the extract document is to provide an easy to use compendium of water efficiency and conservation provisions for those jurisdictions with immediate water challenges. In doing so, the IGCC – Water Efficiency Provisions document brings correlation with the ICC family of model codes, including the widely-adopted International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC). It also allows jurisdictions to layer on other sections of the IGCC relating to other topics in the future, if they wish.


It is the only model green water code that contains comprehensive provisions relating to both indoor and outdoor use, including:


> Flexible, performance-based plumbing fixture/fitting efficiency requirements that prescribe minimum 20% water saving over a base code installation.


> Efficient hot water delivery systems that save money and energy. Not to mention the improved customer satisfaction by minimizing the wait time for hot water.


> Various efficiency measures for specialized systems such as commercial kitchens, laundries, medical and laboratory facilities, and even car washes.


> Outdoor water use sections addressing surface and subsurface irrigation, fountains, water features, swimming pools and roof spray devices. Critical, since water consumption outdoors can be greater than indoors in many parts of the country.


> Metering and sub metering requirements allow each tenant space to be billed separately for water, and provide the data needed to determine if a given system is consuming too much water.


> Comprehensive alternate water provisions for sources such as rainwater, gray water, and reclaimed water. Wide-ranging non-potable water use details to allow for the safe use of these available waters are also included.


> Water efficiency requirements for mechanical systems and devices such as cooling towers, boilers, geothermal, solar thermal, and hydronic.


> Water treatment device requirements, improving the efficiency of reverse osmosis and water softening systems.


The IGCC–Water Efficiency Provisions consists entirely of provisions extracted directly from Public Version 2.0 of the International Green Construction Code. Since it extracts portions of the full IGCC, it necessarily omits some chapters entirely and portions of other chapters. In all cases, the numbering of sections and chapters remains unchanged from the full IGCC.


The document will not be revised separately from the International Green Construction Code, rather, any changes made to water consumption and conservation-related provisions in the 2012 IGCC will automatically convey to future versions of the IGCC – Water Efficiency Provisions. There are nearly 200 code change proposals relating to water topics to be heard at the ICC Code Development Hearing for the IGCC in Dallas in May, so even more improvements to the document can be expected in the coming months. The full 2012 IGCC and IGCC – Water Extract Provisions documents are planned for release by March, 2012.


The International Green Construction Code – Water Efficiency Provisions Version 2.0 document can be downloaded for free in PDF form from the ICC website at http://www.iccsafe.org/IGCC.

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